Right Track Wrong Track … Just a bad poll – Audio

This is getting enormous play today. A new Associated Press poll states that the public is confident that President Obama has the nation on the right track …. the first time in 5 years.


But not so fast. As our friend Jim Geraghty of the National Review and author of The Campaign Spot pointed out on the show this morning … that right track wrong track poll is just a tad skewed. Jim points out here … that the economic numbers are so depressed that its hard to believe the nation believes we are headed in the right direction … and he would be right. As it turns out … you surely think we’re headed in the right direction, but only if you’re a Democrat.

UPDATE: A reader points out this detail in the story, which explains a great deal: “Of those who say the country is on the right track in the AP-GfK poll, 73 percent are Democrats, 17 percent are independents and 10 percent are Republicans.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Another reader points out the partisan breakdown in this poll: “On page 21 covers the party id for the polls sample. 36 D, 18 R, 26 Independents, 18 none.  With the leaners it is 46 D 28 R.”

Audio Clip: Make sure you read the whole thing … and click here to hear the relevant portion of today’s interview.

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Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Dimsdale on April 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Lies, damn lies, and politically motivated polls.

    Never let a manufactured crisis go to waste without manufactured polls (to paraphrase Raum Emmanuel).  Sure to be followed with manufactured votes in the next election.

  2. Erik Blazynski on April 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I totally believe the poll. If you are not paying attention everything looks like it is tracking nicely. I listen to Obama and it actually sounds great (depending on the day and audience) but the actions are what are really disturbing and people are not engaged enough to pay attention to the actions/details.  A lot of people do not even understand why socialism is bad. They can't even look far enough ahead to realize that if you make $35k that you can't pay for a $400k mortgage, how they hell do you expect them to look forward far enough to see the ills of socialized medicine, and government run industry.


  3. skepticalcynic on April 24, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Ok.  I absolutely believe this poll is for the birds. But, I have a question and a comment.  Not a rhetorical question.

    I pretty much don't trust ANYONE in power.  I trust one party more than the others.  But if this poll is skewed, any it is, why do posters always point to polls that back up the rights stances on anything as fair and unbiased?  I don't trust ANY polls, those backing the libs or the cons.  Now, if there is a way of REALLY knowing which poll is full of it, maybe I would change my mind. Politics is simply a dirty business, one where you pick your poison, never your cure.

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